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Naperville firefighters respond to structure fire on Chicago Avenue near Columbia

The Naperville Fire Department is fighting a building fire at an apartment building on the 700 block of Chicago Ave. No civilian injuries. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, was treated at the scene and released. (Photos of the PN file are used to flag reports of Naperville Fire and Police responses to 911 calls, e.g.

At 2:35 a.m. on Thursday, January 20, the Naperville Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call from a passer-by who reported flames from a single-family home at Block 700 of Chicago Ave. Naperville 911 (PSAP) reported a general alert assignment consisting of 10 fire engines and 24 personnel, including an incident commander and incident safety officer, to the reported address.

At 2:38 a.m., the first vehicle arrived at the scene and found the apartment building engulfed in a large volume of fire. While advancing hose lines, the crews found that the first floor had partially collapsed into the basement. A defensive posture was adopted and crews began attacking the fire from the outside of the house.

With most of the fire put down, fire crews cautiously made their way inside to extinguish the remaining hotspots.

At 3:01 a.m. the fire was considered under control. Fire brigades stayed on site for another hour and extinguished hotspots.

No one was home at the time of the fire. The Naperville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Naperville Police Department, Naperville Electric and Nicor.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the Naperville Fire Department Fire Investigation Team.

There were no civilian casualties. A firefighter was slightly injured. They were treated at the scene and released.

The building was deemed uninhabitable by the Naperville Transportation, Engineering, and Development (TED) team. The fire is estimated to have caused over $600,000

Report presented by Daniel Smith, Superintendent, for the Naperville Fire Department. (PN file photo)

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